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Poor starts costing Rosberg

In a race for the Formula One World Championship between two team-mates, its the fine margins that will win the title.

That's why we heard Lewis Hamilton constantly chirping away to his Mercedes team over the radio during Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

The television pictures alone would have given the watching public the indication that it was an easy race victory, but that was far from the case.

Hamilton was struggling with his car set-up and was under immense pressure from his team-mate Nico Rosberg.

In the end Hamilton held on for his fourth successive victory, a victory which saw Hamilton take the lead over his team-mate for the first time this season.

So why is Rosberg not taking the points against Hamilton? Hamilton has won every race he has finished this season and on two occasions at least in Spain and Bahrain he's arguably had the slower car.

'The start, unfortunately, was poor, It's a bit of a weakness that we have at the moment, It's just a bit inconsistent and now I've had a couple of bad starts in a row: three actually. That's costly and we need to work on that. Rosberg told formula1.com.

Rosberg found himself second on the grid after setting faster times during Q1 and Q2 in comparison to Hamilton.

However once Q3 came around Hamilton surprised Rosberg by taking pole position.

Rosberg added: 'The race was really lost in qualifying and at the start. Those were the two opportunities I had. On the last lap I could have gone for a kamikaze move but it wouldn't have worked. One more lap and I could have given it a go.

'Other than that, there's not much to change - I felt comfortable and the race pace was good.'








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Date:Tuesday May 13 2014

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